punch above (one's) weight

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punch above (one's) weight

1. To perform, achieve, or do something at a level that is considered beyond one's abilities, talents, or personal attributes. The small-town mayor has been punching above her weight recently, going head-to-head with federal lawmakers over the issue of immigration reform.
2. To be romantically or sexually involved with someone who is considered by others to be superior in physical appearance, intelligence, or success. I think Janet's new boyfriend is a model or something. She's really punching above her weight!
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punch above your weight

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If a person, organization or place punches above their weight, they have more influence or power than people would expect them to have. The small Florida city of Tallahassee has always considered itself to punch above its weight when it comes to sport. Villa have punched above their weight all season and it will be a remarkable achievement if they finish fifth.
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punch above your weight

engage in an activity or contest perceived as being beyond your capacity or abilities.
This is a metaphor from boxing, in which contests are arranged between opponents of nearly equal weight.
1998 Spectator Post-imperial Britain retains an imperial habit of mind…we entertain…an ambition to ‘punch above our weight’.
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punch above/below your ˈweight

do an activity that might be considered above/below your abilities: Scotland is punching above its weight in research output.
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He said: "Every year people say we're a small club punching above our weight which we probably are but we have standards here.
I think we are punching above our weight a little at the moment but when we have everyone fit again, plus if we can strengthen in a couple of positions, I think we can really push on in the second half of the season.
Ever since I've been here I've heard it said, but after five or six years you have to say something other than we are punching above our weight.
We work around what we have and don't feel we're punching above our weight.
There are a lot of big clubs down near the bottom so it is great for a side like ours to be punching above our weight.
Bell went on: "We are punching above our weight really with teams such as Porsche and (former team) LNT looking very strong this year.
It's going to be tough in the group - it was a big ask right from the start and we have been punching above our weight.
But thanks to a lot of work off the park we were soon punching above our weight in the Scottish game.
Realistically, though, we are punching above our weight right now.
I think we are massively punching above our weight with the finance we've got.
Inglethorpe said: "When someone leaves a club third from top, to move to a side third from bottom, it perhaps shows we're punching above our weight.
We're not punching above our weight, but people have made that statement and look to find out the reason behind it and see if they can get players on the cheap.
A few months into the campaign I would have said we were punching above our weight but after getting so close we know we can hold our own in this league.
I think Martin O'Neill has done a fantastic job transforming the team and, let's face it, we have been punching above our weight this season considering the small squad we have.
We're probably punching above our weight, so the players deserve full credit.